Saturday, September 11, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021
10 Sep 21:
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
05 Sep 21:
We had 2 broken carry straps on our Pelican Icon kayaks so I ordered replacement parts from Pelican months ago, they arrived, we moved and I actually found them in our large pile of boat bits.
i had replaced the other 2 straps before, and found it was best to leave the old strap rivets, cut off the old strap and drill new holes for the new straps.
03 Sep 21:
Skipper expressed a desire to take out our 12 foot Alcort Standard Sailfish WINNIE next, which elicited the thought of "Uhoh" from me, as I knew that WINNIE's hull was buried in the garage in front of the Mustang and her sails where in a disorganized pile by the wall. Since the Sunfish Shack is almost finished, it was time to dump the garage and sort out the gear that will stay in the garage, and move some of the pile into the Sunfish Shack until the new Carriage House is built.
First we rolled out Skipper's wagons.
29 Aug 21:
We are pondering ideas to adapt our 5x10 Carry On utility trailer to haul our Armada of small boats, up to 14 feet. One of the boats is our 14 foot Penobscot, ST. JACQUES. We pulled her out to take some measurements and while she was out, reunited her with her sprit rig.
29 Aug 21:
We got another order for Alcort Super Sailfish handrails, so we pulled out the tools to cut a new pair. We have not found a local source for cypres yet so we used spruce, it is lightweight and strong, but definitely will benefit from a couple of coats of varnish or epoxy.
We have a pattern for the handrails, and traced out the first pair. While we do have that full size pattern, we only use half of it on one end, then flip it over to mark the other end, which gives us the best symmetry. Spoiler Alert: We missed the knot on the upper right, that would eventually lead to that handrail not being suitable for use on a boat, but we'll find a decorative use for it somewhere.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
29 Aug 21:
Capn Jack replaced ONKAHYE's floorboards with pine back in the late 1980s, and we replaced them with cypress a few years back. For a while we repurposed the old floorboards to be a trailer deck, and we almost lost them in a storm last year. Today we put on a coat of varnish, and the plan is to use them inside the home as a hat and coat rack. Minwax Helmsman was one of Capn Jack's favorite polyurethane varnishes.
28 Aug 21:
We scouted out a new local spot on the James River, turns out it will be a great place to beach launch the smaller boats and it also has a boat ramp and docks. Our 5x10 Carry On utility trailer is the perfect size for the 2 kayaks Clark and SACAGAWEA, I launched Skipper then came back to get my kayak with our new Railblaza C-Tug, a versatile cart that is going to work great for the kayaks and canoe. (Small Boats Magazine C-Tug article).
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
27 Aug 21:
We built this 5x8 section of deck back in Florida, planning to use it as part of the new Sunfish Shack, then we added legs so we could put it in a PODS container and hide a Sunfish under it as part of our move.